I had the privilege of attending three Derby Fashion Shows this month: The Derby Fashion Show at Westport Village, the CaloSpa Annual Winning Looks Derby Event and the Kentucky Derby Festival Spring Fashion Show.
I took copious notes and pictures and now I’m going to give you the highlights reel of what I saw.
Let’s kick it off with my favorite bugler doing his Call to the Post before the Derby Fashion Show at Westport Village. Always puts chills down my spine hearing this.
Some of my favorite looks:
Derby Fashion Show at Westport Village
CaloSpa Annual Winning Looks Derby Event:
I got to model a lovely Milly dress from Clodhoppers for this event. It is so great getting your hair and makeup done and watching everyone get ready. What a behind the scenes treat.
Kentucky Derby Festival Spring Fashion Show
After two smaller shows, it was a shock to my system to attend the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Spring Fashion Show at Horseshoe Casino. It was quite a production with jumbo trons and lots of behind the scenes videos running the entire night. My favorite fashions are the blazers worn by the Kentucky Derby Festival board members.
Did you feel like you were there with me?
Two big trends I noticed across the board:
Dresses in orange, coral, yellow, green, royal blue and teal. Fascinators in the bright colors as well; they never match the dresses, but rather are an opposing color. Lots of narrow belts in color.
2. Nude shoes
I saw shooties (shoe/bootie combo), platforms, nude patent leather, just about everything (refer to above pics)…but never in black or a color, always nude. It lengthens the leg and matches your bright dress. If you try to match your brightly colored dress with your shoes you end up looking like a bad bridesmaid. Go nude. Well, just for the shoe at least.
Two darkhorse trends: (meaning I saw them, but not sure if they are winners or not)
1. Mullet dresses and skirts
No other way for me to describe them; shorter in the front, longer in the back. Quite the opposite of the hairstyle where it’s called “work in the front, party in the back,” this would be more “party in the front, work in the back.”
Pants to Derby? Yes, but your shirt is attached. Cute ones out there definitely, but um, think about when you need to use the loo ladies: you have to strip down entirely.
Still looking for that Derby outfit? Stop by the Friends of StyleBlueprint Consignment sale today from 9am-6pm at 87 Wampum Road for a great selection of dresses, skirts, shoes, purses and even Derby Hats.
Now, off to study my horses…